April 2, 2013
With Love there is hope
Respect for others is a major positive attitude which brings more positivity in form of peace, accord and good relations. Peace results in progress and development. This chain of positive reactions is triggered by one positive action called respect. It is about giving consideration to other’s point of view even if it conflicts with your interests. It is not about liking or understanding others but is about giving consideration regardless of it. It is to honor contradictory concepts.
Respect is such a prime characteristic that all the major leaders of the world quote it as central to achieving goals. The UN charter declares dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women as the factor that promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
The absence of respect is contempt and disregard for human rights and it results in violence, barbarous acts, and snatching people of their freedom. It is important to note that freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of common people.
Give vs. get paradigm. Respect is more about giving then getting. Giving is a sign of maturity. A newborn is a bundle of wants and hence at the lowest rung of maturity. While a Grandfather (if mature) is a personification of Give and hence at the highest rung of the spectrum of maturity. Respect is about giving and can only be done if one is mature enough to sacrifice short term gain for long term goals.